BOOMING TOURISM CREATES PROPERTY MARKET OPPOTUNITIES

Positive market signals have encouraged investors to invest in tourism property projects. According to Savills Hotel Consultation, midscale and luxury hotels and resorts in Nha Trang and Cam Ranh are projected to increase 29% a year for the next 3 years. Da Nang tourism properties are predicted to rise 30%; Phu Quoc properties 27%. Domestic travel companies say Da Nang and the central region have advantages for golf tourism.

 

Ngo Hoai Chung, Deputy Director General of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism, said: “Viet Nam’s tourism development strategy to 2020 and vision to 2030 identifies golf tourism as a high-priority specialized tourism product. We aim to make golf tourism a principal product of Da Nang and the central region, help localities attract investment, and connect travel agencies and golf course owners.”

 

Natural conditions, government policies, and market demand give the tourism property market in Viet Nam a great potential to prosper.

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VISA

Most visitors are required to obtain valid visas to enter Vietnam. Entry visas can be obtained at Embassy or Consulate of Vietnam in many countries.

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PILOT GRANT OF E-VISAS

The pilot grant of e-visa has been applied within 2 years since 1 February 2017 for foreigners from 40 countries in Asia, Europe and Americas. The border gates allowing foreigners to enter and exit by e-visas include 28 ones, consisting of 8 air ones, 13 land ones, and 7 sea ones. E-visas granted through electronic transaction system are single-entry visas with validity of 30 days. Fee for e-visa is USD 25. 

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AIR ACCESS

Apart from Vietnam Airlines and Pacific Airlines, there are a number of international ones having access to Vietnam All Nippon Airways, Air France, Aeroflot, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Czech Airlines, Eva Air, Emirates Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Airlines, Lao Aviation, Lauda Air, Lufthansa German Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Cambodian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airways, Siem Reap Air, Swiss Air and Thai Airways International, United Airlines, etc.

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CLIMATE

Vietnam is located in both the tropical and temperate zone. The annual average temperature is between 22oC and 27oC. The average rainfall is from 1,500 to 2,000 mm and the humidity ranges around 80% In general, there are big difference in climate between the South and the North of Vietnam. While there are only 02 seasons (rainy and sunny) in the South, the North of Vietnam is strongly influenced by the temperate zone climate with 04 distinct seasons.

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CURRENCY

The Vietnamese unit of currency is DONG. There are both notes and coins currently in use. Notes are in denominations of 500,000; 200,000; 100,000; 50,000; 20,000; 10,000; 5,000; 1,000; 500 and 200 dong. Coins consist of 5,000; 2,000; 1,000; 500 and 200.

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CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

All visitors are required to fill out customs declaration forms upon their arrivals. A copy of the customs declaration form should be kept and handed over to the customs officers on their departures.

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LANGUAGE

Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam. In major cities and tourist destinations, a large number of local people can converse in English. Most travel agencies can also provide experienced tour guides fluent in English, French, Russian, German, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), etc.

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
  • January 1, 2009 New Year’s Day (One day holiday)
  • January 26, 2009 Lunar New Year (Four-day holiday)
  • April 30, 2009 Saigon Liberation Day (One day holiday)
  • May 1, 2009 International Labor Day (One day holiday)
  • September 2, 2009 National Day (One day holiday)

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USEFUL TIPS

All government offices are open from Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (with one-hour lunch break) and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

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NON LA - VIETNAM'S SPECIAL CONICAL HATS

Travelling along Vietnam, tourists are likely to catch sight of local ladies donning "non la" (so called "conical leaf hat") and walking gracefully along the streets or sailing along wide rivers.

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VIETNAM AO TU THAN

This dress is deemed to be one of Vietnam's enduring traditional attires, having been worn widely by Vietnamese women in the North centuries before the emergence of the Ao Dai.

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KITE FLYING

If you are in Vietnam, you will have a chance to fly the interesting “diều sáo”. Kite flying is popular throughout the year, especially in summer. Vietnamese people of different ages make kites of many shapes, sizes, materials and with bamboo flutes.

“Diều sáo” not only attract people by their shapes and colours but also by their flutes. Every afternoon, when the wind tenderly blows, they will play “diều sáo” to enjoy so magical sound created by the flutes.

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PAPER FAN IN VIETNAM

In Vietnamese tradition, the paper fan was an indispensable item in times of yore, one of eight prized objects in every household – the others being a gourd bowl, a quill pen, a Ty Ba (four-string guitar), an orchid, a chess-set, a sword and a feather-duster. Nowadays, the traditional paper fan is still a popular and familiar item in Vietnamese daily life.

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CHAU VAN SINGING RECONIZED AS INTANGIBLE HERITAGE

A gathering scientific research on chau van, a singing style of Vietnamese people in the northern province of Nam Dinh, will be recognised as a national intangible heritage.

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The 29th Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commissions: Promoting the role of sustainable tourism in the International Year 2017

This is one of important contents in the 29th joint meeting of the UNWTO Commissions for East Asia - Pacific and South Asia held by World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with Bangladesh Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism on 17 May 2017 in Chittagong City, Bangladesh.

The event had the attendances of Secretary General of UNWTO - Mr. Taleb Rifai, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific of UNWTO – Mr. Xu Jing; officials of UNWTO, Bangladesh Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, national tourism organizations of UNWTO member countries; and representatives of international organizations.

At the meeting, Mr. Taleb Rifai confirmed tourism has become an essential demand of the human lifestyle. The world tourism has 7 consecutive growth years. In 2016, international visitors all over the world amount to more than 1.2 billion arrivals, increasing of nearly 4% over 2015. Tourism contributes about 10% global GDP, 30% of trade and service value; each 10 jobs generated in the world, 1 job is for tourism industry. Nowadays, tourism has become the third largest economic industry in the world.

Today world tourism has 3 priorities and 3 challenges in need of addressed: (1) Security and safety; (2) capture the development of digital technology – the factor can change the behavior of visitors; (3) Ensure long-term sustainable development.

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VNAT MEETS FAMTRIP DELEGATION FROM SWITZERLAND

On 16 May 2017, Director of Tourism Marketing Department (Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism), Mr. Dinh Ngoc Duc had a meeting with famtrip delegation including tour operators and service suppliers from Switzerland.

At the meeting, Mr. Dinh Ngoc Duc warmly welcomed all member of delegation. He emphasized that Switzerland has been considered as a potential tourist market of Viet Nam tourism. In 2016, Viet Nam received more than 31,000 Swiss visitor arrivals, up 9.5% over 2015.

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THE 7TH SOUTHERN LAND CUISINE FESTIVAL

From 24 to 28 May 2017, the 7th Southern Land Cuisine Festival with the participations of nearly 40 units and 70 booths of cuisine specialties from the regions of Viet Nam will take place in Dam Sen Cultural Park (3 Hoa Binh Street, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City).

The Southern Cuisine Festival is an annual event held to promote the unique culinary features of Viet Nam and also the South to international and domestic visitors.

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VIETNAM – ASIA SILK FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE IN HOI AN

The Viet Nam – Asia silk culture festival is scheduled to run in Hoi An silk village in the central province of Quang Nam between June 11 and 14.

The event aims at promoting and preserving the value of traditional silk villages across Viet Nam, including Van Phuc (Ha Noi), Hoi An and Ma Chau (Quang Nam), and Bao Loc (the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong), among others.

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WINNERS OF SONGWRITING CONTEST ON VIETNAM – LAOS RELATIONS ANNOUNCED

An award ceremony was held in Ha Noi on May 15 to present prizes to ten most standout entries in a songwriting contest praising Viet Nam-Laos friendship relations.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Vuong Duy Bien presented three second prizes to “Viet-Lao bien gioi Xa-ma-khi” (Viet Nam-Laos border solidarity) by Phan Van Minh from Quang Nam, “Tham tinh Viet Lao” (Viet Nam-Laos close relations) by Thai Duong from Thai Binh and “Mai xanh tuoi tinh huu nghi Viet-Lao” (Luxuriance of Viet Nam-Laos relations) by Van Thanh Nho from Ho Chi Minh City.

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VIETNAM JOINS ASIAN-PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION IN NEW YORK

Vietnamese cultural products were showcased at the Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration held at Stony Brook University, Sufolk county in New York City on May 13.

Viet Nam’s permanent mission to the UN and other Vietnamese representative agencies in New York brought to the festival images of the country’s famous landscapes, the beauty of ao dai and traditional art performances, along with key exports such as tea and coffee. 

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PRESSER HIGHLIGHTS UPCOMING NHA TRANG SEA FESTIVAL

The Nha Trang Sea Festival returns June 10-13, and this year’s event is shaping up to be quite special with more art performances, exhibitions, sporting competitions, and food events than ever before.

We are extremely excited with the scope and depth of the new attractions coming to the festival this year, Phan Thi Thanh Truc, Deputy Director of the Khanh Hoa Department of Tourism, said on May 10 at a press conference.

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HUE TRADITIONAL CRAFT FESTIVAL WRAPS UP

The biennial Hue Traditional Craft Festival wrapped up on May 1, ending four festive days in the ancient capital city of Hue.

Speaking at the event, Nguyen Dang Thanh, Vice Chairman of the Hue City People’s Committee highlighted that the seventh festival was a successful one. 

He said the festival honoured the quintessence of Vietnamese craftsmanship, enhanced business efficiency of traditional crafts while speeding up cooperation in multi-faceted fields, especially promoting socio-economic development and branching out craft products along with tourism.

The festival affirmed its brand as well as prestige among local people, tourists and artisans across the country, he added.

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WORKSHOP DISCUSSES NEW TRENDS, DEMANDS IN TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

A workshop on new trends and demands in tourism development took place in Ha Noi on May 31, gathering managers, experts and businesses operating in the sector.

Discussions focused on a number of topics, including requirements for Viet Nam in tourism development in the new period, the 4th industrial revolution and changes in tourism business, e-marketing for Vietnamese tourism, and factors that affect tourism consumption amid global integration.

Dr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Director of the Institute for Tourism Development Research (ITDR), said 1.2 billion people worldwide travelled for holidays in 2016.


 

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5 MONTHS OF 2017: FORIGN VISITORS TO VIETNAM REACH 5.2 MILLION

More than 5.2 million international tourists travelled to Viet Nam in the first five months of 2017, an increase of 29.6% when compared to the same period last year, according to the General Statistics Office.

Viet Nam’s major tourism markets saw impressive growth. In particular, growth from Asian countries reached 3.82 million visitors, up 34.4% compared to the same period last year.

 

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